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The Hague's mayor criticises proposed ban on Salafism
The Hague's mayor Jozias van Aartsen has criticised moves by parliament to ban Salafist organisations in the Netherlands, saying it would be both undesirable and against the Dutch constitution.
Parliament in December passed a motion calling on the cabinet to look into banning Salafist organisations because they are, according to the security services, a breeding ground for jihadism.
Salafism is an ultra-conservative movement within Sunni Islam, and a small proportion of its followers – known as jihadi Salafists – believe in violence.
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